Reflections on Half a Year

Summer time is a time of transition. A time of transition from the early spring to the full bloom of warmth and sunshine (or in the case of the UK, rainstorms), and a time to reflect on the half of the year gone.

When I look back at a lot of my posts over the last 18 months or so, there is a repeated phrase: liminal space. A space where one travels through, never stopping, never staying. Like an airport terminal or the service station at the side of a motorway, the last 18 months have felt like something to travel through. To get out the other side, find a new normal, to find…

Something.

The past six months I’ve had to take my focus away from writing. Life, the ongoing DIY project, and work have all eaten into my time at different points over the last six months. I’ve written less than I did at the start of the pandemic, even though I haven’t got less time per-se, but that’s okay. I’ve found a routine of consistent, less writing, is better than spending a month smashing out words and then taking two months off as the creative well re-fills. We’ll have to see how this new approach takes me into the latter summer months – the time when my creativity seems to have a little dip every year!

Novel Writings

My moodboard for “The Akrion Cycle”

Last year I talked about taking a different pace with my writing, focussing on my ongoing novel edits and switching focus to writing more blogs. I wanted to save up my creative ideas for my editing work, rather than spending my energy focussing on writing multiple flash fictions. I think this was the right choice, I’ve made significant process on my novel over the past six months and now looking to start July heading into the next key section.

You can stay up to date about all my novel news by checking out my page here!

I’ve also now got a Pinterest aesthetic board for my Novel Series! Check it out below:

Writing on Caffeine

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This Month’s Posts.

Missed any of my posts from this month? You can find them all below!

Monday Inspiration - A cup of tea that is orange in the morning sunlight

Be Limitless (Monday Inspiration)

Start showing yourself Be as limitless as your dreams. The dreams that are far beyond your reach and far beyond reason. Believe in that limitless feeling. That soaring hope you feel when you immerse yourself in that dream. You have as much chance in achieving that dream as you have any right to believe. So … More Be Limitless (Monday Inspiration)

One of the Crew (From the Archives)

“Let us raise a toast, to Mito!” Captain Ralaydin raised her mug high into the air. The rest of the crew followed her example. Mito blushed. Not from embarrassment, he appreciated the gesture, but all twelve pairs of eyes staring at him was a bit much. Mito raised his glass to. “To the successful Blood … More One of the Crew (From the Archives)

Top 3 tips for writing Multiple POVs

As a fantasy reader and writer, I’m most comfortable in the world of 3rd person POV. However, if you’re writing a fantasy epic, how do you manage multiple POVs in your novel? Here are my top three tips: 1) be picky with your POVs2) write a unique character voice for each POV3) use your POVs … More Top 3 tips for writing Multiple POVs

Monday Inspiration - A cup of tea that is orange in the morning sunlight

What will be, will be (Monday Inspiration)

Start showing yourself It’ll be what it will be, your story. Whatever you create, even if it’s different from what you planned. Let your creativity take it’s course, and see what you can make. Featured Photo by Julian Hochgesang on Unsplash

Cream (From the Archives)

Ineg brushed her fingers across the top of the cream pot. The thick blue substance stuck to her fingers. She held it up in front of the mirror, holding back her hair with her other hand as she carefully dabbed the cream onto the top of her forehead. The makeup was a practised art by … More Cream (From the Archives)

Monday Inspiration - A cup of tea that is orange in the morning sunlight

Anything is Possible (Monday Inspiration)

Don’t limit yourself. Don’t limit your dreams. The world is big, your drive is unbeatable, and your dreams are special. Stop telling yourself that you can’t do everything. Start showing yourself that you can. First Posted in March 2020

How To: Writing Sub-Plots

Sub-Plots are a key part of any story, especially a fantasy one. You have to keep a careful eye on how many you have and what purpose they are serving in order to keep a handle on your story.   This month in my newsletter Writing on Caffeine, I’ll be looking at why Sub-Plots are … More How To: Writing Sub-Plots

The Lost Mage

“So, you used to be famous?” Marle could hear the excitement in her Granddaughter voice. Surprisingly, it didn’t hurt as much as she expected it to. It had hurt when her son had found out, aged fifteen, but then he had known enough about the world to know how different his life could have been … More The Lost Mage

August Thoughts

August has been a lot like July in terms of creativity. A month to be outside, doing things rather than sitting at a desk writing. One thing I’ve been trying to tackle is the middle plot for my ongoing WIP. You can read more on my update here. Outside of writing, I’ve been fiddling with … More August Thoughts

Monday Inspiration - A cup of tea that is orange in the morning sunlight

You will have Readers (Monday Inspiration)

It doesn’t matter whether you have one reader, ten readers or hundreds of thousands of readers. Someone will want to read your story. So keep writing it.


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